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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A very dark yet surprisingly light-bodied Lager beer, crisp and refreshing with no heaviness.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2674) - California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Draft at Toronado. Blackish body, tan head that lasts fairly well. Aroma is very roasted with lesser chocolate and coffee notes, some caramel. Moderate hopping here, which is basically high for the style. Very drinkable, big flavors for such a low ABV. Good Schwarz.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Tap @ Tornado 1/4/08, recommedation from Bikesandbeers brother Marty. Porus black with a thin tan head. No noticeable armoa. Taste is sweet, mellow and malty, very drinkable, smoky and roasty and yummy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrandonMetal (1) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2008 does not count
Ive had Death and Taxes many times over the years, having grown up in the Sonoma County region, and had it again for the first time in a while last night. The nose is sweet, caramel, roasty. The head is thick and tan and laces well throughout the pint. The flavor is slightly bitter java, cocoa beans, and a little burnt caramel. You can really get the flavor of the chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is nice, and beer is deceiving light as a black lager style. Overall, a really solid standby, though the pubs apparently dirty lines lent a little residual sourness this time around.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Black with tan head, opaque. Good retention and lacing. Smell is very appealing; roasted malt brings cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee bean aromas. Absolutely delicious, this beer tastes like a chocolate covered coffee bean. Hints of vanilla, slight hop bitterness, smoke. Excellent balance, flavors meld very seamlessly. Perfect carbonation, full body, low alcohol all contribute to a superb mouthfeel. Forget all day, I could drink this all week!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4154) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Draft at Kern River Brewpub; Nose of caramel, molasses, and coffee; clear dark brown with a big, glass-lacing beige head; flavor of light hop bitterness, grain, caramel, and a light coffee note.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 Ive had this on tap several times at Flavor and Black Rose, both in Santa Rosa, over the past 5 years or so. Having had it again today, I can say that this is a nice fairly rich, but still light bodied beer resembling a more full-bodied, tastier dry stout. It is black with a big, dense, brown head that lasts and leaves excellent, rich, even rings of lacing. The aroma is rich, dark toasted malt, nuts, molasses, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. The taste is similar, but without the caramel and with a strongly toasted malt emphasis, hints of chocolate and coffee, burnt toast, with initial sweetness balanced by a zesty, spciy bitterness. It has a long, mellow finish and is satisfying, smooth and fairly light while having fairly full body and flavor. It is not especially complex, though, and is ultimately fairly straightforward.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2763) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Tap. Aroma starts with heavy malt notes of molasses, burnt, strong coffee and dark bread, light hop smell of herbs and light yeast of leather, with soy sauce and cola in the background. Head is a creamy/bubbly off-white and has excellent thick lacing and is mostly lasting. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic and finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is watery, light to medium and has a lively carbonation. The depth of the aroma sets this beer above similar styles.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8378) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
On tap at the Magnolia Pub. Pours jet black with thin mocha head. The aroma is big with toffee, burnt malts and dark roasted coffee beans. The taste is inviting rich malt complexity. A solid burnt charred maltiness hits first with lighter roasted malts, dark roasted coffee beans, a hint of toffee and some licorice. At the finish a mild astringency enters to linger with the burnt malts and coffee notes. It smells more like toffee than it tastes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2007
On tap at the Beachwood BBQ. Pours a dark black color with brown sugar edges and a firm head of tan foam. Loads of chocolate saturates the aroma, along with dark caramel toffee, medium roast coffee, and even a hint of prune skin fruitiness. Light bodied, fizzy carbonated mouthfeel. Starts out somewhat sweet with flavors of chocolate and nutty molasses. This dries up mid-palate with some roast coffee bitterness. An almost undetectable trace of butterscotch suggests diacetyl, but is very minor if there. Lots of herbal, minty hops round out the finish nicely. Impressive malt flavors and complexity for the low ABV and hopped generously, yet appropriately.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9912) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2007
On tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Deep walnut brown, almost black, with a thin brown pad of a head. Chocolate aroma with an interesting smoked-cork aroma too. Again chocolatey, with figgy/fruity elements and a well-hopped bitter finish. Only faintly smokey. Medium mouthfeel. More porter-ish in my mind, but awesome nonetheless.


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